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Michael Vick Thumped Upside the Head
Michael Vick suffered a concussion Sunday as well as a whooping of a loss against the Dallas Cowboys, final score 38-23.
Vick was knocked on his back in the second quarter by linebacker Ernie Sims. He showed signs of impact as he was slow to his feet, heading to the locker room. Coach Andy Reid referred to the hit Michael Vick suffered as a “pretty significant concussion” and said he isn’t likely to be cleared by the time the Eagles resume practicing this week for their game against the Washington Redskins.
“He was a little foggy last night,” Reid said. “Mike has a headache is what he’s got — a pretty good one. He’s tired. One of the things that is important is that he gets rest.”
Vick’s health status may be uncertain, but his status as a starter is not, Reid said. If he’s healthy, he’s the Eagles’ starting QB. Staying healthy even while playing some of the most physical sports requires intentionality and consistency. According to national data, annually, U.S. emergency departments (EDs) treat an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions, among children and adolescents, from birth to 19 years old. But concussions can be prevented with safety precautions.
Smart safety tips for all athletes in contact sports:
- Teach and practice safe playing techniques.
- Encourage athletes to follow the rules of play, be a good sport all times.
- Athletes should always wear the right protective equipment for their activity.
- Never allow an athlete to play with a concussion, dizziness, or fogginess.
- Whenever there is doubt, consult a physician.
And just like Michael Vick, if a player exhibits signs and symptoms of a concussion, transition that player from play immediately.